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Sapporo Ramen Alley, Hokkaido king crab and Kinotoya Bake cheese tarts

Fat sweet scallops. Giant king crabs. Buttery sea urchin. If these words commanded your attention, you need to make your way to Hokkaido as soon as you can. This island oasis of crisp clean air and spectacular scenery is what I likeShow More Summary

Kin Senn Thai Street Food, Haymarket, Sydney

Thai cakes. We're talking flavours of Thai tea, young coconut, egg yolk and pandan slathered with cream. If you ever walked along Campbell Street in Sydney's Thai Town, you would have seen Ma Toom's cream-laden cakes out the front of a particular grocery store, beckoning you closer with its tortes and rainbow crepe cakes. Show More Summary

Hiroshima okonomiyaki and hungry deer, conger eel and grape soft serves on Miyajima Island

"He's eating my itinerary!" There was a wild and shrieking panic as we ran after the deer, already swallowing the first sheet of racy_staci's bundled papers. We'd laughed at everyone else's stories of Miyajima deer eating maps out of...Show More Summary

Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie, Alexandria

Decisions. It's never easy on your first visit to Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie, the newest haven for sweet tooths that opened in Alexandria less than a month ago. There's been a stampede of fans since the doors first opened, and no wonder. Show More Summary

Papi Chulo, Manly

Fifteen bucks. That's all it'll cost you for the fanciest tater tots in Sydney. We're talking potatoes dauphine with chicken gravy and roasted bone marrow. But wait. There's more. Did you know that Papi Chulo currently has a winter dinner special for snacks, sides, a small main and a wine or beer for $35? Neither did I. Show More Summary

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo

Those red velvet pancakes. They've been all over my Instagram. That graduated tower of pancakes with fresh strawberries, layers of whipped cream and a generous blanket of icing sugar always looks picture perfect. The Local Mbassy might not have been around for long - it opened barely eight weeks ago - but there are already 456 location tagged photos. Show More Summary

Exam ramen at the first Ichiran in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Locals call it exam ramen, not because you have to take a test, but because each diner eats in individual stalls, much like a polling booth. It means minimal distraction from the bowl of steaming hot ramen in front of them. It's name is Ichiran. Show More Summary

Oregano Bakery, South Hurstville

You can't mention Oregano Bakery without talking about THAT cinnamon scroll. These giant pillows, laced with layers of cinnamon sugar and blanketed with a heavy snowfall of icing sugar, can be spotted in coffee shops and markets all over Sydney. Show More Summary

Sashimi chicken, Kurobuta pork and wagyu beef in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan

Kurobuta pork is like the wagyu of the pig world, prized for its juicy flesh, intense flavour and heavy marbling of fat. Kurobuta means "black pig" in Japan, and this specific breed - the same one known as Berkshire pork in England -...Show More Summary

Phounguen Lao and Thai Restaurant, Cabramatta

Sticky, sweet, salty and sour – it's like a candy shop for carnivores.  If you’ve ever wondered what beef candy would taste like, quit daydreaming. Phounguen has beaten you to it. Their Lao dried beef or sin haeng ($10) – beef slices...Show More Summary

Cafe Oratnek, Redfern

Let's talk about katsu, a thick slab of pork fillet, crumbed and deep-fried into one helluva juicy schnitzel. The Japanese love katsu so much, they put it between two slabs of fluffy white bread and call it a katsu sando. Katsu sandos...Show More Summary

Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown

Chewy ice cream. That's the fastest way to describe dondurma, or Turkish ice cream, unique not only for its dense texture, but also for its prolonged ability to withstand melting, even in the summer heat. Its secret weapon is salep, found in the roots of a special type of orchid. Show More Summary

Kobe wagyu beef at Wakkoqu, Kobe

Kobe beef. Two words that are guaranteed to make any carnivore weak at the knees. The spidery white ribbons of fat that marble this beef break down with heat, permeating its way into every fibre so each tender bite surges with juiciness. Show More Summary

David Tsirekas' Perama Pop Up at Plunge No. 46, Summer Hill

Giant octopus tentacles hanging in a backyard in Sydney's inner west? It's just a day in the life of Chef David Tsirekas, the creative force behind Greek restaurants, Perama in Petersham, Xanthi in Westfield Sydney and Kefi Greek Tavern and Souvlaki Bar in Kingsgrove. Show More Summary

Lord Gladstone Hotel, Chippendale

Even though Sydney is overrun with burger joints, it's rare to find a good one that stops you in your tracks. This is one of them. Meet the cheeseburger at the Lord Gladstone, an old-fashioned workers pub in Chippendale that's been overhauled...Show More Summary

PR Korean Restaurant, Lidcombe

It’s cold. You want to drink. But you’re also hungry. Hello dakgalbi. What’s dakgalbi? Picture a massive chicken stir-fry, mixed with a mountain of cabbage, sweet potato, onions and chewy rice cakes. It’s what Korean uni students eat...Show More Summary

Yang's Malaysian Food Truck, Sydney

It took Yang's Malaysian Food Truck owner and head chef Alex Wong several career re-starts before he realised that cooking was where he needed to be. Wong enrolled in health science at Sydney University, dropped out and then spent the...Show More Summary

Okonomiyaki, Kuromon Ichiba Market and all-you-can-eat Gyukaku Yakiniku barbecue, Osaka

You can't visit Osaka without eating takoyaki. You'll find this classic Osaka street food everywhere, its production a show in itself as the takoyaki warriors spin, flick and stab each puddle of batter until they emerge as perfectlyShow More Summary

Geoff Jansz Farm Table Restaurant at the Fitzroy Inn, Mittagong

I grew up with Geoff Jansz on the telly. Didn't we all? What's Cooking at 11am on Channel 9 was a daily ritual during those halcyon days of university. His laugh. His charm. That hair. I still remember the time he looked straight down the barrel of the camera and said "I always get comments about my hair. Show More Summary

Nara deer and Johnny's Fried Chicken, Japan

Japan's fondness for deer goes beyond simple affection. According to Shinto religion, deer were sacred and divine messengers from god. Today they're emblematic of the city of Nara, where the wild deer population of 1,200 freely roam the sprawling public grounds of Nara Park. Show More Summary

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